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Lasers set to light up Yorkshire coast
Laser beams will be projected into the night sky from locations at Whitby Abbey,
After a successful trial in December 2022, this bigger event has now been organised by Yorkshire Coast BID in conjunction with Yorkshire-based dynamic projection company Polestar Productions.
Find out more at the
Yorkshire Coast BID - Love Yorkshire Coast website.
Explore Yorkshire's three National Parks
Britain's first national park was The
By November 1952 Britain's sixth National Park was being established, the
Yorkshire's newest National Park is 70 years old this year. The
Find out more on our dedicated pages for the three National Parks:
North York Moors Peak District Yorkshire Dales
2024 will see elections in MayAlthough the date of the next General Election is still not known, there are elections being planned for May 2 in administrative areas across most of Yorkshire.
They include a completely new election where voters will select the one person they consider most suitable to control the largest area covered by any one mayor anywhere in the UK.
The two unitary authorities will now have a combined authority running some functions under the elected mayor as part of the government's so-called "Devolution deal" which ties the availablity of funding to the new governance arrangements.
The mayor will be in control of an area with two cities, dozens of towns and around 700 villages. He or she may have chance to visit many of these over a term of four years in which the mayor becomes a figurehead for the region and has powers over housing development, transport and boosting skills and education. The elected mayor will also have to take on the role and functions of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for all these places.
The York and North Yorkshire elected mayor will have control over a £540 million Government investment fund over 30 years. This brings an average of £18 million a year to be spread across the 3,214 square miles of the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority area which includes parts of all of Yorkshire's historic West, North and East Ridings.
The US-style elected mayors have become increasingly popular with the Government since the first was introduced in London in 2000, but in recent years the role has been applied to larger areas than Greater London — in West Yorkshire in 2021 and now in York and North Yorkshire, which covers more than five times the area of Greater London. A mayoral election for Hull and East Yorkshire is due to take place in 2025.
Also taking place on May 2 this year is a West Yorkshire mayoral election. Government legislation at the time of the first mayoral election, when Tracy Brabin was elected in 2021, provided a three-year first term for the post and subsequent four-year terms.
In South Yorkshire there may also be a mayoral election. There Oliver Coppard was elected for a four-year term in 2022 but plans to incorporate Police and Crime Commissioner functions into the mayoral role could cause a new election this year.
There will be a mayoral election for the Tees Valley Combined Authority this May. The current term has been a three-year one after postonement of an election from 2020 to 2021 during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The mayoral elections will now have a first-past-the-post voting system rather than the supplementary vote system which gave first and second choices.
There will also be local council elections for all councillors in
As for the General Election, the date is still unknown. It could be as early as May, but there have been hints of it being in the second half of 2024. The date must be no later than January 28, 2025.
Bus station closed in Bradford
Many services normally run into the bus station and these are now being run from various nearby street stops.
Details can be found at this page at the
The bus station adjoins the Bradford Interchange railway station, but this is not affected by the closure.
Brighter days ahead at the Yorkshire seaside
The resorts on Yorkshire's coast boast four international Blue Flag beaches, a dozen places with Seaside Awards and a village which was judged to have Britain's Best Beach in 2020.
And with some vast stretches of beaches, seaside villages and coastal paths there is plenty of space to be enjoyed away from the main town centres.
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Yorkshire mixtureHere are links to a few favourite pages at Yorkshire.guide:
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